“Singin’ the Blues”

This is a song reflects a new style for me. It has simple lyrics, an American flavor and a bluegrass bent.

“Singin’ the Blues”

My heart’s as sore as the sun when the moon shines away.
I long to shine close to you brightly as the day!

My soul’s as wide as the sea! Let my heart set sail today!
Ah, how I long to be free and with you I’ll find a way.

As soon as you feel as I do take my hand! We’ll fly away!
Ah, Sweetheart, it feels so right to love you this way!

Fly with me to the sun.
Fly with me to the sun.
Fly with me to the sun.
Fly with me to the sun.

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“The Road Not Taken”

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“The Road Not Taken” (1916) by Robert Frost is a very important poem to many people because it talks about choosing to go one’s own way in life. It’s a poem my mother has always loved. She introduced me to it at an early age and I believe it has had a very positive impact on my life. That’s why in gratitude I’ve decided to dedicate this composition to her.
“The Road Not Taken: Song for Two Voices, Violin, Guitar and Soprano” was written this summer in anticipation of a Los Angeles Composers Collective concert that will take place in the spring of 2017. Below you will find the words to the poem along with the home studio recording I made of the piece. Enjoy!

 

“The Road Not Taken”
by Robert Frost

 

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

 

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

 

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

 

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

 

Chinese-inspired Music

I love the peace, grandeur, and dignity that is to be found in Chinese art and music. There is such consolation in contemplating the beauty found in nature as depicted by many traditional Chinese artists. My two compositions shown here were inspired by this beauty. The first one is the premier of “The Creation: Trio for Erhu, Cello and Piano” which was performed this year at Longbeach City College by members of the Los Angeles Composers Collective. The second is “The Blossom and the Stream”, a duet for violin and piano which I composed and recorded in my home studio. Enjoy!!